Real Techniques Bold Metals | 201 Pointed Crease Brush

Just under a year ago, YouTubers & makeup artists Sam and Nic Chapman released a brand new brush line to add to their original Real Techniques Collection – the Bold Metals!

These brushes were designed for the slightly higher end market and have features carefully sculptured to makeup artist standards!

Over the year I’ve accumulated a few of them and thought I’d share my thoughts on the 201 today; a precise crease brush for blending eyeshadow.


The Bold Metals brushes, although still part of the Real Techniques brand, are very different to the original line in many ways – the price being one of these things!
I would describe the prices to be just over double the cost of an original Real Techniques brush. For example, a face brush from the original line would be around £10, and the Bold Metals face brushes range from £22-£25.

This particular brush costs £12.00, but when I purchased it there was an offer and I believe I picked it up at 20% off!

The packaging is another aspect of the Bold Metals brushes that differs from the original line – I mean, the traditional brushes look just fine, but one look at these and you can tell that they’re expensive!

The Pointed Crease brush is silver in colour and that same grey tone feathers into the base of the bristles by the ferrule which is a pretty touch. The handle is pretty weighty too and has a luxurious feel to it.


The bristles are densely packed together making the brush itself quite stiff, but it’s still very soft despite this. The bristles are also the highest grade of synthetic fibre – so although they may feel and perform the same way that natural fibres would, they can be used with both cream & powder products and are really easy to clean.
Inside the ferrule the bristles are all handtied as well as glued, so there’s an even smaller chance of any shedding (most brush brands just glue the bristles). The end of the handle is also in a diamond shape so it won’t roll about when you put it down.

I was originally going to use it for achieving that real cut to the crease look, but after trialling it a few times it’s just not good for that in my opinion. It’s too stiff with not enough free bristles around the edges to blend out harsh lines, so it would transfer blocks of colour in some places and have patchiness elsewhere.

– Beautifully packaged
– Bristles are synthetic so are easy to clean & can be used with both powder and cream products
– Diamond handle prevents rolling when on a flat surface
– Good for blending shadow under the lower lashline

– Expensive
– Extremely long handle makes storage difficult
– Washing can be tricky as soap suds are hard to wash out of the dense bristles
– Stiff bristles make blending difficult

Overall, although I liked the Arched Powder brush from the Bold Metals line I’m not so keen on this one. I think it’s too expensive for what it is and I don’t like how it blends eyeshadow.

Remember that this is just my opinion though! If you fancy giving it a whirl regardless you can purchase it HERE.

What do you think of the Bold Metals line?

El x



3 thoughts on “Real Techniques Bold Metals | 201 Pointed Crease Brush

    1. Aw thank you so much! I’m such a perfectionist when it comes to photos; it means a lot when someone appreciates that haha!
      Such a shame, yes, but I suppose we can’t love everything! I just think that the original line is more affordable and actually of much higher quality! 🙂 xx

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